I rocked Ignite Boulder a few nights ago with a presentation on "How to Sing Your Way Out of Danger." Wielding an Epiphone Casino and my golden voice, I melted the crowd's brains with a blend of sensible exposition and fiery song.
I also learned a few things, not just from my performance but from the other presenters as well. Here are the key takeaways.
People love music
There were three presenters with music as a topic or component of their presentations. And people were crazy for it. From rap to the music industry itself, future Ignite presenters should consider incorporating some tunes for maximum effect.
In-jokes are hilarious
Tech events in Boulder get very self-referential. For those of us who know the jokes, it's a riot. For those that don't, just ask around - it will make future events way more entertaining.
Beer sponsors make life worth living
Big props to Deschutes Brewery for providing 3 kegs of great beer. I wasn't able to sample it, as I am getting over an illness, but I've had Mirror Pond before and it's exceptionally tasty.
Women look great in fake mustaches
Seriously. I didn't think so at first, but it's true. They should be standard equipment whenever you buy a new handbag.
I love living in Boulder
The fact that events like Ignite take place so close to my house makes me well up with tears. I love this community, not just because it's full of geeky peeps, but because it's welcoming and amazing. Love it.
Photo credit: Stepan Mazurov